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Law school found out of compliance with program resources standard; dean is ‘surprised by the finding’

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University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is out of compliance with three sections of Standard 202, which deals with program resources, according to a recent finding from the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

“I can say that we were surprised by the finding. We thought we had provided sufficient evidence to allay any concerns. We weren’t told why the council reached its decision, so I look forward to getting a better sense of that, so we can respond appropriately because I think we can,” says Colin Crawford, the law school’s dean.

According to the public notice posted on the section’s website, the law school is out of compliance with Standard 202 (a), (c) and (d), which all address sufficient financial resources for carrying out legal education programs. The law school is a public institution, and its most recent Standard 509 Information Report lists a total of 374 students.

Additionally, the council recently posted notice that Western New England University School of Law is in compliance with Standard 202(a) and (d). The council found in August that the law school was out of compliance with the standard.

Sudha N. Setty, the law school’s dean, told the ABA Journal that the entering class for fall 2019 has 110 students, compared to 88 in 2018, and its fiscal year 2020 budget is slightly larger than it was for fiscal year 2019. According to her, the council had been unsure about data that the law school had submitted and whether it could meet its goals.

“It was just a matter of getting them the information, so they could make that assessment,” she says.

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